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July unemployment rates show little improvement

Posted by wlpo on August 23, 2012

The local job market could use a boost.  The July unemployment rate for the Ottawa-Streator area was 10.9%, only slightly improved over July 2011.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security says La Salle County’s unemployment was the same as it was last July at 11.5%.

Bureau County unemployment was 9.6%, slightly down from last July.  Putnam County unemployment was 9.1%, down more than one percent from last July.

The area has lost jobs in manufacturing and retail while gaining construction jobs.

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